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Another person here who enjoyed the mindless action nonsense of Extraction. You can tell it's directed by one of the Marvel movie stuntmen. A nice mix of Captain America: Winter Soldier and John Wick in the action scenes. The CGI is absolute bobbins though.

 

Another film I watched recently is Code 8. It's like a low budget X-Men where people who superpowers are discriminated against so the lead character gets involved in criminal activities to help pay his mother's medical bills. It's pretty decent and has better CGI than you expect for such a low budget film (it was funded on something like Kickstarter).

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21 hours ago, Benny said:

I'd never seen Midnight Run before, little did I know it would be one of the most feel good movies ever.

 

20 hours ago, Monkeyboy said:

Great movie! :)

 

I rewatched it today. Still a great movie. So much swearing!! :wub:

 

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Jack Walsh: I never took a payoff in my life and I'm not gonna start with someone like you.

Jonathan Mardukas: Why not?

Jack Walsh: Because you're a fucking criminal and you deserve to go where you're going and I'm gonna take you there and if I hear any more shit outta you: I'm gonna fucking bust your head and I'll put you back in that fucking hole and I'm gonna stick your head in the fucking toilet bowl and I'm gonna make it stay there.

 

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Jonathan Mardukas: Did she hurt you, Jack?

Jack Walsh: Yeah, she did.

Jonathan Mardukas: I'm sorry.

Jack Walsh: What're you sorry about?

Jonathan Mardukas: I'm sorry you're hurt.

Jack Walsh: I'm not hurt.

Jonathan Mardukas: You just said you were hurt.

Jack Walsh: I'm not hurt.

Jonathan Mardukas: You just said you were hurt!

Jack Walsh: I didn't say I was hurt, YOU said I was hurt.

Jonathan Mardukas: I asked you if you were hurt and you said "Yeah, I'm hurt."

Jack Walsh: That's because you made me say it. Startin' to put words in my mouth.

Jonathan Mardukas: Jack, you're a grown man. You're in control of your own words.

Jack Walsh: You're goddamn right I am. Now here come two words for you: Shut the fuck up.


 

 

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13 minutes ago, Monkeyboy said:

 

 

I rewatched it today. Still a great movie. So much swearing!! :wub:

 

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Right in my top ten Midnight Run. I was lucky and grew up with this one. And I have been amazed pretty much all my life that more people haven't seen it.

 

It's one of those films, and I'm not lying here, it could be on every day and I would watch it and not be bored. Tremendous script and performances, always leaves you with a grin on your face. Endlessly quotable.

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So the action sequences are great, but the trouble with Extraction is the film is almost completely amoral. The first rule of creating an engaging action film is to write characters that you actually care about because they either have some charm to them or are relatable in some way.

 

The Raid was such an incredible thrill because despite the violence you were right with the protagonist because he was trapped and trying to escape an increasingly terrifying and desperate situation. Chris Hemsworth's character on the other hand is in a predicament of his own making, and thinks nothing of killing indiscriminately to get paid.

 

The endless goons that are unidentifiable because they're all wearing masks just makes the carnage seem like an impersonal shooting gallery with no personality or expectation to give a shit about how many lives are being extinguished. In The Raid, every fight is a breathless struggle for survival where you can see the terror and elation etched on every face. Even the John Wick series, which threaten to fall into glorification themselves, are set in a hyperreality where all the fighting is only done by and done to those who are part of the system that perpetuates it.

 

Eventually, when I'd seen Thor garrotte another poor bloke who presumably worked for the police as the only way to put food on the table for his family, I just switched off to it all and sat through the later "emotional" backstory with complete bemusement.

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Holy shit. The new Ghost In The Shell SAC series is out. Had no idea it was coming this soon. The new animation style takes getting used to, but it does look great. I’ve watched the first episode and am liking it so far.

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I've seen episode 1 - Liked the story (more of the same) but the visual style is questionable. Sometimes it looks great but at other points it feels like stiff 3D models from 15 years ago are stumbling around a sparse landscape. Title sequence is also a bit of a Westworld rip off.

 

That said, I'm glad it's on there as I get to watch it without having to buy it.

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On 25/04/2020 at 17:32, Gambit said:

Another person here who enjoyed the mindless action nonsense of Extraction. You can tell it's directed by one of the Marvel movie stuntmen. A nice mix of Captain America: Winter Soldier and John Wick in the action scenes. The CGI is absolute bobbins though.

 

As someone who is bored to death by all Marvel movie action sequences you've really neatly explained why I never need to watch this.  Cheers.

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6 hours ago, Ste Pickford said:

 

As someone who is bored to death by all Marvel movie action sequences you've really neatly explained why I never need to watch this.  Cheers.

 

Winter Soldier had by far the best action scenes in the MCU. The complete absence of CGI armies was a nice bonus. 

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Watched Extraction. Decent action, pants storyline. Does that thing where you get an action scene at the beginning, with no context, no notion of plot, no knowledge or feelings for the character, followed by “2 days earlier”. Hollywood needs to fucking bin that way of starting a film.

 

3 out of 5

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On 16/04/2020 at 16:44, MrEPotato said:

Love a good sports documentary and this is coming to Netflix in the uk on Monday.

 

 

For someone who was big into basketball during the mid 90s this has been fantastic so far. Having 2 episodes drop each week is giving me something to look forward to.

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3 hours ago, Monkeyboy said:

Watched Extraction. Decent action, pants storyline. Does that thing where you get an action scene at the beginning, with no context, no notion of plot, no knowledge or feelings for the character, followed by “2 days earlier”. Hollywood needs to fucking bin that way of starting a film.

 

3 out of 5

 

Not just films.  Most action TV shows are doing the same.  The amount of flashbacks in general in TV shows is insane.

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I really liked that Extraction was a clear one-and-done, and also the lack of a convoluted plot. It had just enough to drive the characters and the action, with the additional wrinkle of the bodyguard (the Indian John Travolta) having his own motivation. Simple, lean, logical. It was quite old-fashioned in that respect. It's no masterpiece but I thought it achieved what it set out to do efficiently and effectively. And that one-shot action scene - wow.

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I don't like action movies as a rule but Extraction kept me engaged until the end.

 

The duality between the two mercenaries and the two teenagers showed it had some intelligence beyond the bullets.

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Highly recommend Screwball - the story behind steroid use in Baseball. I have no interest in baseball but this is a very entertaining documentary about Florida lowlifes and crazy shit. Re-enacting all the salient points with child actors in moustaches is a brilliant touch. From the director of cocaine cowboys.

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I think the algorithm has run out of true crime things for me to watch and threw up Real Detectives which is absolutely glorious rubbish. Genuine detectives do talking heads over glossy CSI-style dramatic recreations of their grisliest investigations. There's some ludicrous dialogue and actors who even Central Casting would probably say are a bit on the nose. 

 

Includes a great segment where a prison snitch is being felt out for information.

 

"Where did you hear this?"

"A little bird told me"

*The interviewing detective surveying the walls of the prison / corridor of the office building the production company are probably based in*

"Well, I don't see many little birds flapping around here".

 

It so wants to be tough and I'm enjoying it immensely.

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